Earlier this week, John Key had a whinge about
‘personal’ political attacks on him. Particularly, he thought it was a waste of taxpayers’ money that some Labour MPs wrote and performed a version of The Gambler mocking him. The song was written in a pub on a Saturday night (Key thinks they should been reading Cabinet papers instead) and performed when the Prime Minister ran a few minutes late to her speech at the Labour Party congress (the MPs would just have been sitting in the audience otherwise but that’s, somehow, a better use of taxpayers’ money).
Seeing as Mr Key has set such a ridiculously high standard for good use of taxpayers’ money, it’s only fair to hold his own party to it:
For example, was it a good use of taxpayers’ money for National’s Jacqui Dean to write a question to Minister Jim Anderton about banning dihydrogen monoxide (water)?
Or how about the nine, yes nine, written questions National’s Paul Hutchison has so far asked Minister Damien O’Connor about absinthe and whether kids might start dancing with this Green Fairy now party pills are banned. Hutchinson is particularly concerned about ‘side effects’ of absinthe (contrary to urban legend, absinthe is just another type of alcoholic drink and has no special effects). O’Connor patiently explains that that the only ‘side effect’ of absinthe is alcoholic intoxication, which, after all, is the whole point.
Do National MPs have nothing better to do with their time and taxpayers’ money than ask silly questions?
Hat tip: No Right Turn